:: I Plaid the Fifth ::

There is something about a plaid skirt that just says “holidays.” I feel like I can never break this one out until we begin approaching the Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year’s trifecta!

When it comes to mixing prints and patterns, I think we all know where I stand. Some believe there is a formula to doing this – I believe it’s our inner five-year-old intuition breaking free of the adult norms we hold against ourselves on a daily basis.

In sixty years I’m sure the grandkids will be teleporting back and forth and happen upon this old thing called the internet with my virtual closet from years long gone. When they ask, in their Hunger Games inspired futuristic world wear, what on Earth (or by that time, Mars) I was thinking…

Well, I’ll just have to plaid the fifth!

 

Top // J. Crew

Skirt // J. Crew

Boots // Tory Burch

Necklace // Olive + Cocoa

Clutch // C. Wonder

Bracelet // C. Wonder

 

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:: Dallas Cowgirl ::

Let’s first clarify that I am not claiming to be a Texan. I suppose it’s kind of like the first time you refer to your college residence as “home,” when on the phone with your mom. You are promptly reminded that the city you currently live in is not “home.” It will never be “home,” because let’s be honest – home is where your mom is.

Now, do I love Dallas? Yes. Surprisingly, I’m far more attached to it than I was to Tulsa, but perhaps have not met it with the same admiration I had for Oklahoma City. To be frank, a lot of that had, and currently has, to do with the exact part of town I get to claim as my little piece.

This little part, my neck of the woods city, has quaint homes, quiet sidewalks, and a dover of ducks. Seriously – loads of them and the cutest ducklings! I’m just removed enough from downtown (too much for me), and uptown (if you’re feelin 22), but a quick run to my favorite shops is not far enough to be out of the question.

People are friendly, everyone has a dog, and no one has seemed to mind too much that I am using their front porch as a photo op. However, I do have one neighbor who runs outside to frighten the ducks off his lawn, only to go back inside as they settle in on his green grass for the day. He then returns to his stationary bicycle – which can of course be seen through the front window

So, here I am in my new cowgirl-esque booties –  fit for an Oklahoma soul who still dresses up as a Dallas cowgirl from time to time.

 

Dress: Gap (no longer available – ADORE and NEED this one!)

Shoes: Shoe Mint

Bag: C. Wonder

Necklace: J. Crew (and on sale!)

Rings: David Yurman, ℅ Lawson Gems

My favorite outfit circa 1996, minus the perm. Be glad you missed out on that part.

My favorite outfit circa 1996, minus the perm. Be glad you missed out on that part.

:: Blogger’s Block ::

Hello my friends!

Long time, no post. However, a lot has been happening and soon we’ll be back on a more regular schedule.

I cannot wait to relay our Mexico vacay (later), but something (other an Aero Mexico issues – again, later) happened in the Dallas airport that really put a bad taste in my mouth. While awaiting our flight, I looked up to see not one , but two fashion bloggers sit down across from me. I had literally started following both of them maybe a week prior, with each having more than 55,000 Instagram followers.

I have 285.

Nonetheless, I was more intrigued by who they were as “normal” people. I felt like a Miss Oklahoma Star (a mentoring program for young girls) as I quietly observed their mannerisms and conversation.

To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. Here were two women who made their lives blogging, writing, photographing, and sharing pieces of their (maybe incredibly staged) days with their followers – making fun of the people who support them. They gawked and “ugghhhhed” over fans inquiring where they got an item, how they didn’t know what Like to Know it was, and generally hating on others. After at least a dozen attempts to Instagram their accessories, they began to board the plane.

Somehow, we were in line directly behind them and it just would not end – they stopped on the jet bridge, required their third wheel (husband of one blogger) to whip out the Nikon, screw on the lens, and take photos of them prior to boarding. This was now annoying everyone behind them, and I questioned why I wanted to be a part of such a high-maintenence world.

In this moment, it all clicked for T. He turned to me and said he had no idea how easy he has it. We only photograph once a week and I buy him brunch and mimosas afterwards. (insert praying hands emoji here)

So, I learned a few valuable lessons that day and had a pretty major reality check. I love blogging and sharing my broke-girl budget style with others. However, I’ll be making an extra effort to be the Glinda of bloggers!

Top: Kate Spade Saturday

Pants: Vera Wang for Kohl’s (love these) (and these)

Sandals: Sam Edelman (I die over these)

Bag: Kate Spade (similar)

Necklace: Dillard’s (close)

Ring: Beyond Baroque

Bracelets: Coach, Anthropologie

 

:: Somewhere in the Mountains ::

I’ve been traveling for the past week, so blogging was not much of a priority! More on our beach adventure later, but let’s throw back to my time in Utah!

When packing for this trip, I tried to bring as few pieces as possible. Fortunately, this skirt served me well and can be paired with most tops I own. You’ve seen it with stripes, florals, solids, long sleeves, short sleeves, tanks, and just about every color as well. Navy feels like a neutral these days. While I attempted to “pack light,” I am still the person who celebrates when they hit a mere 43 pounds on the luggage scale. That means I can stimulate the local economy with seven pounds worth of findings!

Like a Boy Scout, I am always prepared. Therefore, I have to bring everything but the kitchen sink. Sadly, my Kate Spade bag bit the dust during our trip, so it shall be sent off to *fingers crossed* be mended by the Kate Spade elves. I’ll be adding a toolkit to my next packing list.

 

 

Skirt // J. Crew Factory

Top // H&M (old)

Necklace // Bauble Bar

Bag // Kate Spade

Sandals // Sam Edelman

:: The Stripe Type ::

With a plethora a few striped tops in my closet, it should come as no surprise that this striped skirt had to come home with me. I suppose when it comes to a type, I’m of the striped variety!

Top: Forever 21 (old, love this)

Skirt: Dillard’s

Sandals: Tory Burch (similar)

Bag: Kate Spade

Necklace: Neiman Marcus

Rings: David Yurman, H&M

:: Stripes and Sequins ::

Man. I thought Christmas was busy, but spring has brought so much more in every aspect of life! I have been waking up, so excited at the anticipation of the seventy degree weather – only to put a halt to my skirt and dress-wearing with the THIRTY MPH Oklahoma winds.

As I was going through my closet and trying to decide what gets to transition to spring, I realized that I really didn’t have much in terms of warmer weather wardrobe. With two years of teaching behind me, I had time off during the hottest months (cue – nothing appropriate , and my classroom was never warmer than the arctic, so I was wearing sweaters up until the last day of school.

You’ll be seeing a lot of interesting things coming out of this blog, since I’ve been blowing my already minuscule monthly shopping budget on my new hobby – sangria swirls on the Iguana patio hot yoga. I seriously don’t know what I did before it, and have never felt so at peace with myself. I leave after an hour of forced water drinking, with sweat pouring from places I didn’t know it could, and a clear head which cannot think of the trials of each day for those 60 minutes. In the past, I spent multiple hours working out – but it was never a stress reliever because I felt like I had to do it. (And to be honest, I did have to do it to reach the goals I had set, and could not have done it without the help of the world’s greatest trainer). With yoga, I’m not doing it for anyone or anything but myself, and that feels amazing.

So, in the coming months you may see me in yoga pants, because that’s all I own. Or maybe I’ll just restyle this skirt every other day. Because – why not?!

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: J.Crew, Shoes: Converse, Bag: Kate Spade, Necklaces: J.Crew, Ring: David Yurman

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: J.Crew, Shoes: Converse, Bag: Kate Spade, Necklaces: J.Crew, Ring: David Yurman

 Photography by Kurstyn Mills

:: Weekend Wear ::

There are some outfits I wear over and over and over again – and somehow my friends love me enough to pretend that they don’t notice. While my favorite weekend wear consists of an oversized red Hotel Del Mar sweatshirt or my white and pink fancy floral sweats (unfortunately – sometimes together), every now and then I must leave home.

Hence, the boyfriend jeans making their come back! Whether worn with sparkly loafers (which keep my toes toasty!) or a fun heel – these are my go-to’s. Sure, I know they aren’t the most flattering pants on earth – but at the end of the day, prying peeling those skinny jeans off is not enjoyable. You’re in the closet, while your legs get caught up in the attempted escape of the second-skin-like tightness surrounding your ankles, tumbling over yourself and into a wall of dagger-like heels…. Let’s be real – it just isn’t safe!

Then again, how often do we choose function over fashion? I know I’m not the only one who has had a near-death like experience with skinny jeans!

Top: Forever 21, Coat: Sheinside, Jeans: Gap Boyfriend, Loafers: Steve Madden, Bag: Vintage Chanel

Top: Forever 21 (old – love this option!), Coat: Sheinside, Jeans: Gap Boyfriend, Loafers: Ugg (on super sale!!), Bag: Vintage Chanel, Necklace: Pinterest?

P.S. I am currently seeking a web designer – any takers out there?!

:: I Love You a Latte ::

Being a downtown gal has plenty of perks, especially with numerous, delicious coffee shops on nearly every corner. At Flint, I always begin with a latte on Sunday, and to fill my caramel latte needs, there is a Starbucks a few blocks away in Bricktown. Just within the library is First Edition Cafe, where the coffees have the most gorgeous, intricate designs gracing the tip-top of the cup. Although, my new personal favorite is the vanilla latte from Kitchen 324. I’ve yet to try their Green Eggs and Ham, but the interior is just perfect with emerald booth seating and natural lighting pouring in. Seriously – you will adore it.

Plus, what Sunday uniform is complete without a latte in hand!

Top: J.Crew, Jeans: Joe's, Vest: Memento, Loafers: Zara, Bag: Kate Spade, Necklace: J.Crew

Top: J.Crew, Jeans: Joe’s, Vest: Memento, Loafers: Zara (sold out – these are close!), Bag: Kate Spade (old, but this is super cute!), Necklace: J.Crew (old – scoop up this one!)

:: Snow Leopard ::

For Christmas, Taylor surprised me with these gorgeous tall, red Hunter boots. Of course, I couldn’t wait to wear them as I sloshed about town through rain and snow! So I waited. And waited. And WAITED. Over a month later, I finally got to pull them out of their precious box – and for once, he seemed quite excited to play photographer! Although, it meant he was crouched down in the snow, hanging onto Tallulah’s leash as she ran in and out of shots. Snow storm Nika is supposed to be a doozy, so I’ll be living in these beauties all week!

Top: J.Crew, Pants: J.Crew,

Top: J.Crew, Pants: J.Crew, Boots: Hunter, Coat: Sheinside, Bag: Anthropologie (old, but this is fun!), Necklace: Max & Chloe, Rings: David Yurman, Lawson Gems, C. Wonder


:: Fiddle Dee Dee ::

I grew up in the era of Ren and Stimpy, when Kel was professing his undying love for Orange Soda, and a boy was sneaking into Clarissa’s bedroom while she explained it all. And we wonder what’s wrong with Lindsay Lohan! Clearly, I wasn’t allowed to watch any of these shows – but that was ok (with the exception of Friends, I totally snuck upstairs and kept the volume on low to see if Ross and Rachel were EVER going to end up together). While most of my friends kept up with Nickelodeon, I was being… different.

When I invited my friends over, I always suggested we re-enact the entire four hours of glory that is Gone With the Wind. I, of course, would play Scarlett O’Hara – wearing the blue frock I donned for a class field trip to Rose Hill School (it was at this moment that I told my mom the corset wasn’t tight enough, and she promptly informed me it was a belt, not a corset…. dreams crushed!), though the bonnet we were forced to wear was not included in my Scarlett attire. I would take an old dress-up hat (very Kentucky Derby), and wrap a swimsuit sarong around it, securing it in a perfect bow just under my chin. I know. You’re wondering how some 1999 Rhett Butler didn’t just sweep me off my feet. I’m baffled as well.

When I spotted this skirt, my childhood dreams came flashing back. I could just picture myself in the full, emerald velvet skirt with golden tassels hanging from my seventeen-inch waist. Maybe I don’t have that seventeen-inch waist, but I am the proud new owner of a gorgeous, full, modern-day Scarlett O’Hara inspired skirt.

And I didn’t even have to ruin my mother’s drapes for it!

Sweater: BCBG, Skirt: Chic Wish, Heels: Steve Madden, Necklace: Gifted, Bag: Vintage Chanel,

Sweater: BCBG (old, similar), Skirt: Chic Wish, Heels: Aldo (similar), Necklace: Gifted, Bag: Vintage Chanel, Watch: Michael Kors

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